Visit us in the Spring for our upcoming Events
Lakefront Warbird Expo–Celebrating WWII Heroes
Lakefront Warbird Weekend Expo–November 6-8th The planes, the sounds, and the stories of World War II aviation will come to KNEW. Aviation history will blasts into the skies as Texas Raiders, a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress, thunders over New Orleans. On hand will be the locally loved open cockpit Stearman bi-plane the N’Awlins Lady of the CAF-Big Easy Wing. In addition, the powerful AT6/SNJ, the notorious SB2C Helldiver dive-bomber as well as the Navy transport Little Raider. Please see the flier for time and cost of the event.
Celebrating a Heroes Birthday-WWII Veteran flight–October 18, 2020
Ernest Daunis, WWII and Korean Veteran, takes a ride in BEW Stearman for his 95th birthday. What an honor!
UNITED WE FLY – 4TH OF JULY The Big Easy Wing Flies Over New Orleans/ Hammond, LA
The Big Easy Wing will be joining the WWII Museum in their celebration of Mr. Lawrence Brooks 111 birthday. The N’awlins Lady (1942 Stearman) will join other aircraft on September 12 for a 10:40 salute to Mr. Brooks. Please see the National Geographic article on Mr. Brooks who just happens to live in New Orleans.
Big Easy Wing (BEW) of The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will host “Honor Flights” over the city of New Orleans. These flights will honor frontline responders and honor our country’s independence. The first flight will take place at noon on Friday, July 3. This flight is the first of three scheduled for the 4th of July weekend. We are honoring our frontline responders as part of the nationwide initiative of the Commemorative Air Force, United We Fly-4th of July. This initiative invites the country to come together at noon across time zones to observe WWII aircraft adorning the sky. As a nation we are stronger when we are united.
The airplane, a 1943 N2S Stearman, will be piloted by the lead pilot of the F-15 that escorted the B-52s Flyover recently. Lt. Col. Ben Cook will take the Stearman with frontline responder on a flight over New Orleans.
As part of the national CAF effort, the BEW will present “Honor Flights” over both the North and South shores of Lake Pontchartrain at noon, Saturday, July 4th. Both flights will include WWII Stearman airplanes. Not only will these flights be part of the national “United We Fly – 4th of July” flyovers, but the Big Easy Wing will be honoring three outstanding community frontline responders. The Northshore flight will originate from the BEW base located at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport (KHDC) while at the same time, the Southshore flight will launch from the New Orleans Lakefront Airport (KNEW).
Look for us overhead around noon of the 4th of July as we celebrate the birth of America’s Independence!
St Landry Parish Warbird and Fly-in Expo June 26-28 – Opelousas
Open to the public on Friday, June 26 from 6 to 10 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. Come out and see historic American military aviation up close. Purchase a ride in our beautifully restored WWII Navy N2S (*) Kadet, a Boeing Stearman biplane used to train Navy, Marine and Coast Guard pilots that we call the “New Orleans Lady.” Also, the Texas Raider and Little Raider will be at the show along with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team.
All riders must be: At least 18 years of age (with parents signed permission), Able to physically climb in and out of the aircraft under their own power, Under the weight limit of 250 lbs, Flexible as to flight scheduling due to weather conditions or other factors.
With all that in mind and you truly want to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, go back to the top and book your flight now!
Good Friday “Spirit Flight” April 8th, 2020 Archbishop Aymond
About the Big Easy Wing
The Big Easy Wing is a local chapter of the Commemorative Air Force, an international World War II flying museum. The wing was founded three years ago and operates from two bases located at Lakefront Airport and Hammond, Louisiana. The organization has more than 100 volunteer members who maintain and operate the aircraft, as well as host and attend aviation and educational events across the country. We are actively involved in our community and with donations from you, we will be able to continue supporting our community with special Flights like our Spirit Flight and our Honor Flight and more educational projects.
You can also support us by becoming a member. It is $50.00 per year. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in aviation, history, education, or a sense of adventure. To learn more about the Big Easy Wing visit www. bigeasywing.org. Contact info: David Capo, Wing Leader (firstname.lastname@example.org), 504-416-4917.